Idaho Charter School Network News - March 2016
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  • Learn about educational options and help debunk the myths about schools of choice in Idaho
  • Read school choice stories from parents and students across the state
  • Learn about important education research and policy issues
  • Attend special parent training to learn how you can support Idaho’s school choice movement
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Students from Sage International School’s Green Team presented an innovative, sustainable program to promote recycling in parks at Tuesday’s Boise City Council work session. Sage students approached Boise Parks & Recreation with their new idea for an outdoor recycling bin, named Terra Luna, which addressed the City Council’s desire to increase the number of recycling bins in Boise’s parks.

Imagine visiting the bottom of the sea or the surface of Mars in an afternoon. With Expeditions, teachers can take their classes on immersive virtual journeys to bring their lessons to life.

Expeditions is a virtual reality platform built for the classroom, where students get guided tours of places school buses can't go. Using a tablet, teachers can guide up to 50 students wearing virtual reality viewers.

Member Benefit - Legal Services

ICSN Members Have Access to an Experienced Charter School Attorney at an Exclusive, Members Only Rate!

Meet Chris Yorgason. Mr. Yorgason is one of the most experienced attorneys in the specific field of Idaho charter school law. He has been representing individual schools and charter organizations for more than ten years and has been involved in drafting legislation that impacts charter schools. While charters have many of the same issues seen by traditional public schools, they also have unique issues regarding facilities funding, the operation of non-profit organizations and other charter-specific issues. Mr. Yorgason offers Network members:

  • A genuine commitment to serving and advocating for charter schools
  • A single-point-of-contact who understands charter schools and their unique challenges
  • An initial introductory meeting free of charge
  • Exclusive hourly rate of $105 for Network members only

Alternatives For Savings

Learn About Our Recent Events on Benefit and Property Insurance

With HUB International, a broker with four offices across Idaho, some of our charter schools have found great options that have provided significant savings. Because of this success, ICSN and HUB International hosted meetings with our members over the last few weeks across the state to discuss options. See what Idaho schools are saying.

The options we discussed are available to all Idaho charter schools, regardless of membership to ISBA or ICSN. Please take the time to see if there are opportunities to find savings for your school. To learn about common insurance myths, more on this special opportunity, or to talk with someone at HUB who can help you, CLICK HERE.

Community Development Block Grants can be a potential resource in the purchase or rehabilitation of facilities for Charter Schools. These grants are administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and aim to improve housing options, economic opportunities, and community development, which includes facilities, for moderate to low income persons. The program is wide-ranging and flexible. 
The Health of the Charter Public School Movement: A State-by-State Analysis evaluates the health of the charter public school movement in key states across the country. Following the first report released in October 2014, this second edition measures movement growth, innovation, and quality, while this year doubling the number of quality measures. Due to these quality additions, a total of 18 states with charter school laws met the criteria for inclusion in this year’s report. 
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